The earliest origins of the Crofoot surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person with abnormally shaped feet, or a gait resembling that of a crow. Although the Anglo-Saxon
surname Crofoot may sound like a Native American name, it is derived from the Old English words crawe
which mean crow,
which means foot.
However, the Old English phrase crou-fot
was also a name for the buttercup. Moreover, the surname Crofoot may in some cases be derived from the name of the settlement of Crawford, which was in the Scottish county of Lanark.
Early Origins of the Crofoot family
The surname Crofoot was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
. From their early beginnings, for the next few centuries, the family name also acquired other estates or manors as branches established themselves throughout England
. The major conflicts of the eras, such as the War of the Roses, the English Reformation
, and the English Civil War sometimes found them to be in opposing camps, with conflicting interests. Although this name may sound like an Indian name to North Americans it has its roots in Suffolk.
Early History of the Crofoot family
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Crofoot Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Crofoot are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Crofoot include: Crowfoot, Crowfote, Crowfoote, Crowefoot, Crofford, Croford, Croffet, Crofut, Croffut, Crofoot, Croffit, Croffitt and many more.
Early Notables of the Crofoot family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Crofoot family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Crofoot or a variant listed above:
Crofoot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary Crofoot, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1895
Crofoot Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Virgina Crofoot, aged 20, who emigrated to America, in 1920
- Elizabeth Crofoot, aged 55, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Crofoot (post 1700)
- Leonard Crofoot (b. 1948), American actor, singer, dancer and choreographer
- Alan Crofoot (1929-1979), Canadian opera tenor and actor